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TECHNOLOGY: Detecting Water Underground Helps Authorities Manage Infrastructure
Conserve water. That is the call Californians have heard for years. An Israeli company with its North American office in Rancho Bernardo is taking a technological approach to helping authorities detect and fix pipeline leaks to save resources.
LevitZacks, the Certified Public Accounting firm based downtown, has been named the Best Accounting Firm to Work For in the United States for the third straight year.
CYBERSECURITY: Events Offer Numerous Lessons About Security, Incident Response
If a baseball team has a losing season, a typical response is to fire the manager. If a company or an enterprise experiences a ransomware attack or a data breach, does the organization do the same for the person overseeing security? Perhaps but not always.
DEFENSE: DoD Funds Helped Region Weather COVID-19, Study Says
Pentagon spending in San Diego County grew more formidable during fiscal 2021, increasing 5.3% to $35.3 billion.
CHIPS: Dutch Co. With Local Campus Forecasts Decade of Growth
Seeing fast and steady growth for its technology, ASML plans to grow its staff. With a San Diego workforce of approximately 1,500, the Dutch company that produces equipment for microchip foundries plans to grow its staff 10-15% in the coming year, adding approximately 140 employees in 2022.
GA Making Parts for Aircraft Handling Gear in a $9.6 Million Deal
The U.S. Navy awarded General Atomics of San Diego a $9.6 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract. The deal covers components for the aircraft launch and recovery equipment being built into USS Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers.
San Diego Programs Range From Master’s Degrees to Certificates
There is work aplenty in the cybersecurity space, with more jobs than people to fill them. Many people pick up experience in the military or on the job. Would-be workers also expand their knowledge through college.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has been lauded for its transparency, being named most improved overall in the 2021 U.S. Transparency Awards sponsored by Labrador.
TECHNOLOGY: In California, Tens of Thousands of Jobs Go Unfilled
Bad actors continue their assaults on the computer networks of corporations, governments and other enterprises, and the IT world is calling for reinforcements.
U.S. Navy’s Information Technology Command Is a Major Force
There is a significant overlap between San Diego’s cybersecurity sector and its defense contracting sector.
CYBERSECURITY: Certain Education Efforts See Who Takes the Bait
Phishing never goes out of season. For hackers, it’s a year-round effort.
Effort Funded by Information Warfare Research Project
Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) announced on Sept. 20 that it received two Pentagon contracts to conduct research that will examine the use and implementation of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks in the battlespace.
CYBERSECURITY: Convenient and Maddening Method of Authentication Will Endure
The humble password is a central part of cybersecurity and is likely to remain so.
Nuvotronics’ MARIA Electronics to Be Tested as Part of F-16 Upgrade
Cubic Corp. announced on Sept. 23 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nuvotronics, has been awarded a contract with Georgia Tech Research Institute to deliver test-asset electronics for the U.S. Air Force F-16 platform’s ALR-69A upgrade.
TECH: Providers Help Firms Shore Up Defenses
Being secure online frequently comes down to some very basic habits and practices. Strong passwords and multi-factor authentication go a long way toward helping people stay secure.
U.S. Army Awards $87M for Advanced Combat Engine Project
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced on July 31 that it received an $87 million contract from the U.S. Army to complete the development of the Advanced Combat Engine.
Contract Funds Global Hawk Programs for Japan and South Korea
The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $39.8 million modification to a previous contract for both the Japan and Republic of Korea Global Hawk Program.
Says ‘Mega-Constellations’ Need Additional Regulatory Oversight
Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) is sounding the alarm about debris orbiting the Earth.
TRANSPORTATION: Focus Is on Air Quality
The Port of San Diego may mandate that by 2030, trucks hauling freight to and from the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal be Zero Emission Vehicles.
NONPROFIT: Export Assistance Available Through Program; Application Deadline Is Nov. 15
San Diego small businesses have a new opportunity to enter the sprawling marketplace that is the world.
Navy Awards $25.6 Million Contract to Improve the Building Process
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $25.6 million modification to previously awarded contract for additional special studies and cost reduction implementation studies in support of the John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler ships.
Contractor Makes Aircraft Launch and Arresting Systems
General Atomics’ aircraft launch and recovery machinery on board the USS Gerald R. Ford came through U.S. Navy shock trials and performed as designed, the San Diego business announced early this month.
TECHNOLOGY: Students Use Defense Product to Assess Fire Danger
When high school students near Denver wanted to study how fire-prone their part of the country was, they tapped a group of technical specialists 1,000 miles away at BAE Systems for help.
Feeding San Diego has announced the launch of Cross Out Hunger, a campaign that calls attention to the issue of hunger in San Diego County during Hunger Action Month.
U.S. Air Force Contract Is Worth $338 Million
The U.S. Air Force awarded Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. a $338.1 million contract for subscale aerial targets.
Goal Is to Produce Advanced Microchips on U.S. Soil
The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp. to help it produce advanced microchips in the United States.
TECH: Designer of Electric Vehicles Hires Vice President of Production
Aptera Motors Corp., the Sorrento Valley company that hopes to mass-produce a three-wheeled electric vehicle that can be powered by the sun, announced a new hire recently. The business brought Pablo Ucar on board as vice president of production and procurement.
DEFENSE: Valuation Now Exceeds $1 Billion
Defense tech specialist Shield AI reached unicorn status late this summer as $225 million in Series D funding pushed the company’s valuation above the $1 billion threshold.
SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2021 Medium Business Winners
Nth Generation can best be described as a people-first company. In addition to delivering its best for its clients, the business puts a lot of effort into its employees.
TECHNOLOGY: Co. Acquires Lessonly, Closes $170 Million Series G Round
Seismic Inc., the Carmel Valley company that offers software for sales professionals, said earlier this month that it has acquired Indianapolis-based training software maker Lessonly for undisclosed terms.
Air Force Program Allows Unmanned Aircraft to Fly With Piloted Counterparts
Kratos Defense and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems both received contracts for the Skyborg Vanguard unmanned aircraft project, which has taken its next steps toward becoming a program of record as soon as 2023.
RETAIL: Corporation Lifts Annual Guidance to at Least $5.6 Billion
Petco Health and Wellness Co. Inc. (Nasdaq: WOOF), the Rancho Bernardo-based pet supply retailer and services supplier, announced net income of $75.1 million on revenue of $1.43 billion for its second quarter, which ended July 31.
RETAIL: Corporation Says It Has Pumped $2.3 Billion Directly Into Local Economy
Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) recently offered some hard numbers about its impact on the San Diego region and the San Diego economy.
The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is committing $20 billion over five years in support of environmental finance. The commitment will inform its choice of lending and financing activities.
Company Awaits Contract To Equip a Fourth Flattop
General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems business unit continues on-time deliveries of its novel launch and recovery equipment for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation aircraft carriers, with more than 97% of the gear delivered for the second carrier and more than 25% delivered for the third.
Austal, Epsilon, Continental Maritime to Split as Much as $345 Million
The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA, Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. and Continental Maritime of San Diego LLC indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple award contracts to support sustainment execution efforts for Littoral Combat Ships homeported in San Diego.
ENERGY: Capital Expenditures for Oncor Unit Rise to $14 Billion in 2022-2026
Sempra (NYSE: SRE), the energy company with a major focus on transmission and distribution in the southwestern United States, earned $424 million on revenue of $2.74 billion during its second quarter ended June 30.
TECH: Satellite Services Co. Forecasts Top Line Growth Through Early 2023
Satellite services company Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) posted record revenue of $664.9 million in the quarter ending June 30, the first quarter of its 2022 fiscal year.
TECH: Products Report Temperature, Location
Wiliot has secured $200 million in venture capital to build its business of connecting everyday things.
Fleet Replenishment Oiler Will Be First of Many Built in Barrio Logan
General Dynamics NASSCO’s fleet replenishment oiler program for the U.S. Navy passed a milestone in mid-July with the christening of the first ship in the class, the USNS John Lewis.
U.K. Increases Order to 16; First Netherlands Aircraft Completed
Unmanned aircraft builder General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. offered updates on two international sales during July.
Through a series of free food distributions called The Together Tour, Feeding San Diego has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food. The distributions are scheduled to continue.
AUTOMOTIVE: Goal Is To Grow More Than 10x
San Diego County will need a significant increase in electric vehicle infrastructure — including 155,000 vehicle chargers — to support the state of California’s goal for the number of zero-emission vehicles to be on local streets by the end of the decade.
TECH: Will Serve Federal Client With Acquisition
Deloitte increased the size of its San Diego operation by about 30% and augmented its capability in cybersecurity and systems engineering by acquiring privately held Sentek Global in a deal announced on July 26.
TECH: Co. Monitors Vehicle Fleets, Drivers
Netradyne Inc., the UTC-area company that provides monitoring tech to Amazon.com delivery vans — and to the vehicles of roughly 1,000 other fleet operators — said in July that it received $150 million in Series C funding.
Former Coronado Base C.O. Takes ‘Navy Mayor’ Post; Bolivar Retires
San Diego has a new “Navy mayor.” Rear Adm. Stephen D. Barnett relieved Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar as commander, Navy Region Southwest during a change of command ceremony on July 16 at Naval Base Coronado.
Cybersecurity Firm to Provide Next-Generation Encryption
Ubiq Security Inc., a cybersecurity startup based in Carmel Valley, announced on July 14 that it received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command.
Remotely Piloted MQ-9 Is Called ‘Reaper’ by Other Militaries
The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $79.4 million delivery order to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft procurement program.
TECHNOLOGY: Goal Is to Help Military Connect ‘Any Sensor With Any Shooter’
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) stood up a new division in San Diego this year, with a focus on advanced military radio communications.
TECHNOLOGY: Business, Federal Lab Plan to Scale Experiment Dramatically
Little Italy-based Oberon Fuels has teamed up with Los Alamos National Laboratory to create a new way to distribute hydrogen fuel for the tanks of futuristic vehicles.